The Government policy on fisheries is to conserve the fisheries resources in local waters and promote the sustainable development of the fisheries industry, with a view to maintaining a steady supply of fresh fish to local consumers.
The department provides infrastructural support services to promote sustainable development of the fishery and aquaculture industry. The work involves : -
the provision of fisheries development, extension and management activities including loans, technical studies, surveys, assistance and advice, and vocational training to fishermen for improving the productivity of the fishery sector;
the enforcement of legislation to ensure a better regulated / managed fishery industry;
the provision of technical and administrative support to the operation of the Fish Marketing Organisation; and
the planning and implementation of projects for the conservation of fisheries resources, including the Artificial Reefs Programme, fish fry restocking trial and education work.
The Fisheries Branch comprises four Divisions as follows:
Aquaculture Fisheries Division
Fisheries Enforcement & Special Projects Division
Fisheries Management Division
Fisheries Supporting Services Division